Quarterly Best Pics (January-March 2017)

Marina Bay, Singapore
Singapore Skyline with Merlion
Singapore Skyline from Esplanade
Nishihama Beach, Kerama Islands, Okinawa, Japan

From top to bottom: Marina Bay (Singapore), Singapore Skyline with Merlion, Singapore Skyline from Esplanade, Nishihama Beach (Okinawa, Japan).

This is something I’ve never mentioned before, but my initial interest in photography was sunny beachscape like this Nishihama Beach photo above. It didn’t take me too long before realizing the beauty at twilight and dusk while shooting on beaches, though, and I started to shoot more at dusk than daytime. Then, my interest gradually shifted from beachscape/seascape to cityscape, and here I am today, someone totally hooked on cityscape photography at twilight and dusk. ;)

My wife once told me that all my seascape photos at dusk look almost same, whether photographed locally or at popular beaches like Phuket or Cebu. This is probably true cos people can’t really tell the locations by looking at seascapes. On the other hand, some cityscapes like NYC, London, Hong Kong are pretty characteristic and even capable of connecting emotionally with those who know the places.

Hope my cityscape photos can be more than just scenery and evoke such emotion, too!

Quarterly Best Pics (October-December 2016)

Singapore Skyline from Esplanade
Singapore Skyline from SkyPark
Singapore Skyline from Esplanade (Panorama)

From top to bottom: Singapore Skyline from Esplanade, Singapore Skyline from SkyPark, Singapore Skyline from Esplanade (Panorama).

All my best pics for this quarter once again come from those photographed locally. I’m especially happy with the second one from SkyPark, the rooftop of Marina Bay Sands. It has taken me a number of (paid) visits, but I’ve finally captured a satisfactorily sharp shot, thanks to my recently-purchased clamp tripod (Manfrotto 035 Super Clamp with Manfrotto 208HEX 3/8-Inch Camera Mounting Platform Adapter ).

Previously, all my photos from SkyPark were shot with Gorillapod (mini tripod that supports 5kg) as a full size tripod isn’t allowed to bring in, but the photos tended to be a little “soft” probably because Gorillapod couldn’t sustain the camera weight too well, especially for long exposure shots. This rock solid Super Clamp has proved to be the answer I’ve been looking for, and has made all the difference. ;) Happy shooting!

Quarterly Best Pics (July-September 2016)

Singapore Skyline with Helix Bridge
Marina Bay, Singapore
Singapore Skyline with Merlion

From top to bottom: Singapore Skyline with Helix Bridge, Marina Bay (Singapore), Singapore Skyline with Merlion.

Best pics for this quarter all come from those photographed locally. The first photo is my first attempt of a panorama shot with two individual frames, and I’m quite happy with how it turned out! Both photos are shot with f/13, 164 secs exposure. With the sky at dusk getting darker with every minute passing by, and using close to 3 minutes of long exposure, I was concerned that the colours in the sky may not match well, but they came out quite well. I guess this is because I rightfully shot the darker side (left) first. While waiting for 164 secs exposure to complete for the darker side, the brighter city side (right) also got moderately darker, which made the transition between two photos quite seamless. ;) In the end, the photos were stitched together using Photomerge tool in Adobe Photoshop CS4.

In the next quarter, I’m planning to visit Shanghai and Okinawa (Japan) at the year-end. It’s winter in that part of the world, so not too sure about the weather, but hope to come back with something to post here. Happy shooting!

Quarterly Best Pics (April-June 2016)

Singapore Skyline from Benjamin Sheares Bridge
Singapore Skyline from Benjamin Sheares Bridge
Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque, Brunei

From top to bottom: Singapore Skyline from Benjamin Sheares Bridge (both first and second), Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque (Brunei).

In this quarter, I tried to discover new shooting spots for Singapore cityscape. I’ve found a few, and especially like the first location above. Will try again on a day that has busier traffic so that more light trails can be captured.

In the next quarter, I’m going back to Hong Kong. It’ll be my 5th visit overall and very excited to revisit my favourite shooting spots like Victoria Peak and Connaught Road. Also, I’ll try to explore a few new locations this time. Happy shooting!

Quarterly Best Pics (January-March 2016)

Hennessy Road, Hong Kong
Connaught Road, Hong Kong
Marina Bay, Singapore
Singapore Skyline from Esplanade

Quarterly Best Pics are back here, after skipping October-December 2015, as I wasn’t able to shoot anything good during that quarter.

From top to bottom: Hennessy Road (Hong Kong), Connaught Road (Hong Kong), Marina Bay (Singapore), Singapore Skyline from Esplanade.

Among these photos, I’m especially stoked about light trail photography shot at Connaught Road, Hong Kong. Although I haven’t previously tried a lot of light trail photography, I’m getting quite hooked on it now, as this is also a variation of twilight and dusk photography.

As always, happy shooting!

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